De profundis by Raminta Šerkšnytė is the calling card of Baltic music.
– Gidon Kremer
Raminta Šerkšnytė (born in Kaunas, Lithuania) is a composer, pianist and associate professor of composition.
Raminta Šerkšnytė’s music is distinguished by its poetic nature, powerful emotional impact and its one-of-a-kind beauty created by Baltic mysticism and melancholy. The search for and coexistence of the archetypes from both Western and Eastern cultures are inherent in her music. She has invented her own composing system and called it the “fusion of major and minor”.
We performed and recorded many works by Raminta Šerkšnytė: De profundis, Midsummer song, Prelude and Fugue in A minor from The Well-Tempered Clavier, BWV 889-for BACH XXI: Art of Instrumentation. The latest work written for us is Winternacht (2022), based on Franz Schubert's "Winterreise". This piece is part of a cycle of 5 works commissioned by Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica from 5 composers on the occasion of our joint 100th anniversary (Gidon Kremer 75 + Kremerata Baltica 25) - "Another Winter Journey".
Another work that we are currently often performing around the world is Raminta Šerkšnytė's "This too shall pass" for violin, cello, vibraphone and strings.
Photo by Modestas Ezerskis